I was fortunate enough to be a part of an amazing project that will forever be a part of my children’s lives. It happened a while ago, when a woman approached my husband who was with my two little redheaded kids at the park. She mentioned a book she was writing called “Little Red Heads Across America” and was wondering if we would like to have our children be in the book. Little did we know that this book would turn out to be not just a wonderful experience, but also such an informative and uplifting way to look at red heads everywhere. Now my own children can feel even more special about their red hair and feel a bond with others who share in the same experience.
Nicole Giladi is that author of this
book! When I asked her what motivated her to write such a book she mentioned her son Sam. Sam was a twin, but the only one with red hair. She told me he was viewed differently and looked at by the world differently. People had and have a negative way of viewing red heads, so she wanted
to create a book that they could fully understand and told them just how unique and special they really are. That they were “picked” to be a red head! So special that only 2 to 4% of our population are actually red heads! The book has beautiful photos of red heads along with a lot of interesting facts about red heads that most people don’t alre
ady know…..including myself! Having two redheads I thought I would have known a lot more than I did.
Nicole mentioned when she was doing her research for the book, that 90% of all information on red heads was negative. She wanted to change all of that. Nicole ended up putting her own money into this project and it literally became a labor of love. She felt so passionate about it and became very connected to the kids. There was one child in-particular that stood out in her mind. His n
ame is Morgan Alexander. Morgan who was 21 months had passed away during the process of the book and his parents were waiting with heavy hearts until they received the book. To them it meant celebrating his life again! Nicole and I got choked up talking about him and when you read the quote in the book from his mother, you really understand. It reads, “All the nurses fought over him in the hospital nursery when he was born because they wanted to take care of their only red headed baby! We immediately knew he’d be getting lots of attention from his copper hair. She mentioned a girl by the name of Brooke from South Carolina who is 10 and has an amazing personality! There were so many and too many to mention here.
Nicole started her quest for the kids by e-mailing every twins club in America, who started forwarding it to people they knew which then became so viral that even photographers joined the quest. At the end of the day over 3,000 submissions were entered and only 400 made the cut! (Yay, Jesse and Alana!) When I asked her about a sequel, the answer was “first things first!” I totally understand Nicole……..first you can purchase these books at littleredheadsacrossamerica. An ABSOLUTE MUST if you happen to have a red head and even if you don’t , there is no book it’s equal!
By: Joy Bergin